I played soccer when I was a little kid. I remember my mom joking with me about the unconventional way I ran after the ball.
The problem wasn’t with how hard I hustled. In fact, I was one of the fastest and most aggressive players on the team.
The issue was that approach often led to me getting to the spot after the ball had already been passed on. Whenever the ball was within running distance, I’d literally put my head down and run with all I had. This strategy worked great if the ball remained on the same part of the field. Most other times though, it would take the sound of a hard kick to make me pick my head up to look around.
I’m telling you this story because sometimes, the reason why we don’t achieve our biggest goals isn’t because we are lazy—it’s because we don’t call a time out once in a while to see if we’re still headed in the right direction… or to see if the game has changed.
What’s the most important goal or project you’re working on. Take a break from the grind and check if your strategies are delivering the results you thought they would. If not, iterate. If things are going well, think about doubling down.
Have a great week,
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